Saturday, April 30, 2011


I think the highlight of Emma's trip to SC was getting a PINK cupcake with PINK sprinkles from SAS Cupcakes (a cute little cupcake shop in Ballytine). Thanks to Kelly & Paul for treating her for an early birthday present. Emma was so excited that she got to pick out her cupcake and put the sprinkes on herself. It had to be all pink, of course!

And Eli joined in on the cupcake eating as well. :)

Another Trip to the Carolinas

We just returned from long weekend in the Carolinas. Wish we could have spent more time there, but our main purpose was to meet Miss Piper Annabelle Edinger.

She is beautiful, perfect, and such a gift from God! We love her so!

And we love her Mommy & Daddy too!

We also got to spend time with Grandmommy & Granddaddy Parks, Uncle Michael, Aunt Amy, Cousins Will & Helen, Mimi & Papa Wing, the Beasleys, and some other friends. We got to take baths in Grandmommy's & Granddaddy's bathtub, eat lots of food, watch lots of movies in Grandmommy & Granddaddy's van, ride the Light Rail train, participate in the Great Cloth Diaper Change, get scared by the Easter Bunny, celebrate "Jesus is alive" day (Easter) with family, go to the Greenway (another post in itself), and eat pink cupcakes (will also be another post)! We had so much fun and it is always so bittersweet to return back to New Orleans after being in the Carolinas.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


I'm not writing this post to complain about my circumstances, but just to be real with where I'm at.

Here's where I am...I am weary.

Eli came down with the stomach bug Thursday afternoon. At first, I thought it was just teething, but by late Thursday afternoon, I realized it was more than that. Then, Matt came down with it last night. And Emma came down with it this afternoon. This is the FIFTH time my little family has suffered from the stomach bug since January. I am exhausted. I know Matt is exhausted. We are leaving Thursday for South Carolina and NEED everyone to be well. We are so ready for this trip, in so many ways. We need time away.

I am clinging to this verse right now...
"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees." [Hebrews 12:11-12]

Thank you, Lord, for being strong when I am weak. Thank you for the righteousness that troubles bring.

And just because I know you all like pictures, here are a couple from my date with Emma to Cafe du Monde this morning.

Saturday, April 09, 2011



...I got sunburned at the Strawberry Festival, but it was worth it have a great time with my family (minus my husband who had to work) and dear friends.

...I told Emma that it made God happy when we sing songs to Him, she then told me that He is sad when she doesn't sing to Him and He needs a BIG paci when He is sad!

...missed spending time with my husband, but was thankful that he is such a hard worker, who loves to provide for his family!

...I am excited to know that I will be in South Carolina in 12 days...and I will get to meet sweet baby Piper Annabelle Edinger!

...spent $3 on ride tickets for Emma to ride the kiddie train at Strawberry Fest, and then when we got in the front of the line, she chickened out.

...was so proud that my children were well behaved despite the sweltering heat in Ponchatoula.

...felt completely blessed to have so many dear friends that I call my "family".